TREND ALERT: Plunging V Necklines, Go Deep This Season #DeepVWeddingDresses

Dramatic, deep plunging necklines are one of the hottest trends on the bridal runways for 2018. We are captivated by this “down to there” trend which pops up at every fashion show we attend. Our forays to bridal markets in Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas saw this trend highlighted in every booth. And at each and every fashion show designers showcased their own unique versions of super intense Vs. They are so glamorous, sexy, fresh and modern. We knew you, our brides, would be as fascinated as we are by this daring fashion statement. We encourage you to take the plunge (sorry, we had to go there!) and try on one of these “wow” wedding dresses to experience the excitement and see why this is such a major trend. We’ve sourced several different variations of this style for you, from several major bridal design houses. And, even if you aren’t especially daring you can still wear this low cut style with ease if you select a style with an illusion panel.

You can go extreme with this Enchanting by Mon Cheri Bridals sleeveless tulle, chiffon and lace over charmeuse fit and flare gown. We love the daring illusion deep V-neckline and bodice accented with three-dimensional flowers, and matching illusion back with large keyhole on this gown.

You can go the boho route with this trend, too. Consider these beautiful private label lace dresses with deep Vs two ways. The spaghetti strap version plunges further and the long sleeve gown is a more demure take on the look. Both feature sheer cutouts for serious impact. Love!

Lillian West does a sexy plunging V-neckline with this adorable beaded spaghetti strap gown. This dress features a center ruched dropped waistline lined with charmeuse for extra comfort. And it has you covered since the v is topped with lace and an illusion panel.

Even the sides of the dress feature alluring v cuts. Deep Vs all around!

A deep V-back provides a sophisticated back view. Lace appliques cascade from the hips of this stunning chiffon A-line.

Enchanting by Mon Cheri Bridals offers this truly awe-inspiring, sleeveless embroidered appliqué, lace and tulle, fit and flare gown. A jewel neckline sets of the dramatic center slit which spans from neck to waist. Complete with an embroidered illusion bodice with pearlescent buttons down the back, a natural waist accented with a belt and center hand-beaded motif, and a gathered tulle skirt with embroidered appliqués down center back onto a chapel train, this dress incorporates the plunging v in a new way.

Romantic Bridals offers a sultry and sweet version of the deep v dress with this lace appliqued trumpet gown.

 

This crepe fit and flare gown by Sweetheart will accentuate your figure in all the right ways. Without any other form of ornamentation save the dramatic construction and a plunging V-neckline, this one provides effortless style.

 

Just. Wow. Your wedding day look will never be forgotten with this opulently embellished gown by Justin Alexander Signature. The hand beaded Sabrina neckline with plunging v-neck matches the illusion back adorned with beading and working button closures.

 

Garden Wedding Inspiration by Emerald + Ivy at Dara’s Garden

As local wedding pros we are fortunate for the opportunity use our imaginations to help style so many types of weddings — from rustic, to traditional, to glamorous — to everything in between. It’s fun to envision each of our brides’ individual styles and help them fulfill their wedding day dreams with the perfect dress and accessories. And we also are grateful to participate in many professional photo shoots like this utterly romantic garden wedding dreamed up by talented local photographer Steph of Emerald + Ivy.

Steph recently joined forces with several other wedding professionals to produce this lovely and inspirational garden wedding. She sourced a gorgeous venue for the day: Dara’s Garden, which offers the perfect backdrop for a memorable garden wedding in East Tennessee. With their storybook location located on 20 beautiful acres in South Knoxville, Dara’s Garden is a wonderland of enchantment, complete with breathtaking foliage, lovely gardens and quaint architecture. Our fave wedding spot? The outdoor pavilion! It is absolutely stunning bedecked with swags of lush florals by Rose Moss Designs & Echelon Florist don’t ya think?

Like all the best wedding pros we know, the folks at Dara’s Garden consider it an honor to take part in your life’s most memorable event. And, since they are affiliated with Event Rentals by Rothchild, set up & breakdown of all rental items is provided for weddings held at their beautiful locale. Do you have a ton of family and friends? Have your ceremony outdoors and you will have room for lots and lots of guests. However many you want to invite, they will put out the chairs for you. We love easy!

See how many chairs you can fit around the outdoor pavilion? And how CUTE is this groom in his neutral tux from Prestige Tuxedo?

In our opinion, you just can’t beat the beauty of nature as a setting for a wedding. Add in some twinkle lights, a vintage stone patio and an absolutely ADORABLE couple and you got a heart-swooning combo. Oh, and a breath-taking lace dress by Justin Alexander from The Gilded Gown doesn’t hurt things.

What is a surefire way to have a stress-free wedding? Hire yourself an event planner like Stressless Weddings By Megan. Megan cares deeply about each couple she works with, and it’s her passion to relieve the stress of planning and the chaos that comes along with a wedding day. She worked to make this beautiful shoot run smoothly and she is a great resource for an event planning in your future. The only detail you need to worry about on your wedding day is your new spouse!!

On your wedding day of all days you’ll want to be looking your most beautiful. Wedding makeup and hair pros like Amanda Sharp Makeup and Hair By Desilee will have you looking on point. Want proof, check out their work on this pretty bride:

Here’s another look at the fabulous hair! Obsessed with the braid:

We love all the design elements incorporated in the shoot.

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The invites from calligrapher Letters by Lanta were especially stellar:

 

If you are planning your own garden wedding we hope you’ve taken inspiration from this beautiful styled shoot. And, we hope you’ll consider utilizing these fine wedding pros, too:

VENDORS

Dress | The Gilded Gown

Venue | Dara’s Garden

Event Planner | Stressless Weddings By Megan

Event Rentals | Rothchild Event Rentals

Floral Designer | Rose Moss Designs & Echelon Florist

Hair Stylist | Hair By Desilee

Calligrapher | Letters by Lanta

Makeup Artist | Amanda Sharp Makeup

Tuxedo | Prestige Tuxedo

 

 

 

All things Botanical for your 2018 Wedding: Tropical, Rustic or SouthWestern

Botanical Weddings have been popular for several years and they are still around, in a major way, for 2018. Plant based weddings with the beauty of nature in full display can provide a meaningful backdrop for YOUR joyful gathering. And, when you elect to host a plant-themed event, you have so many style options. You can go tropical, rustic or even Southwestern with your vibe. Cultivate the details, throw in some thoughtful touches, utilize tons of plants and you will have provided a stylish and sincere setting for your special day. And, you’ll have enough house plants after the wedding to improve the air you breathe, decorate your digs and bring a unique energy into your new shared space.

{TROPICAL BOTANICAL}

You don’t have to tie the knot in the tropics to bring paradise to your wedding — it’s simple to infuse that feel anywhere with the addition of tropical plants. Plan your wedding at a greenhouse, in your backyard or at a conservatory in order to surround yourself with lush, jungle-ish greenery. One stunningly beautiful botanical venue to take inspiration from is London’s Barbican Conservatory, which is home to more than 2000 tropical plants:

Our recipe for the perfect, whimsical tropically botanical inspired theme? Take five parts greenery, add a good dose of wood, a dash of pink and some metallics and you’ve got yourself a current, stylish design scheme to be proud of. Use Ferns & Monsterra Leaves with wild abandon.

Check out these adorable tropical foliage invites from Minted:

Complete your tropical day with this flawless Lillian West sweetheart mermaid gown featuring allover soft lace details, a dropped waistline, and a chapel length train:

Weddingomania’s “concrete” cake with tropical leaves would be an edgy, cool wedding confection:

{RUSTIC BOTANICAL}

Rustic, the ever popular trend, can easily be taken in a botanical direction. Simply include vintage elements such as glass bottles, old books, and stalks of greenery in water for interesting botanical flavored vignettes at your reception site, like this setting from Stockroom Vintage:

We’ve sourced some gorgeous botanical wedding invitations, “Vines of Green” from Minted.com. Aren’t they so perfect?

For a dress that pops against a backdrop of green, we suggest this ultra-feminine, romantic lace trumpet gown by Enchanting by Mon Cheri Bridals.

Check out this simple, yet impactful green tablescape from Chic Vintage Bride that successfully incorporates rustic wood, a dash of brash and lots of lush, live plants:

Of course you will be needing a bar cart, like this one, featured on The Little Canopy. We love the rustic industrial-ness of it all! Park a vintage cart in front of a twin-size headboard draped with swags of ivy:

Green Wedding Shoes showcases a lovely cake station with lots of rustic details, plants and a pretty, three tiered botanical cake wreathed with greenery:

{SOUTHWESTERN BOTANICAL}

Gaining devotees by the minute, Cactus filled Southwestern Weddings are showing up everywhere on social media. Need proof that this is a major trend? Stop in any home goods store and you will see succulents, macrame and brass accents out the whaazoo. We happen to love this movement as it incorporates nature, 70s inspired vintage and the haunting beauty of the desert. Like, how GORGEOUS is this desert landscape for a wedding from Green Wedding Shoes:Loving cactus-ish, South Western desert look? We recommend these beauties from Minted.com:

If you go with a sun-drenched desert version of botanical, we love this lace fit-n-flare boho style from Lillian West. Unique embroidered lace is super romantic and the underlay of stretch jersey provides for effortless movement. Add turquoise jewelry to up the Southwestern ante.

Cactus in glass cylinders grouped with lanterns and candles lends itself to a pretty moment at this wedding from HappyWed.

Arid plant life amassed together with pottery makes a gorgeous centerpiece for this table from HappyWed.

Take your Southwestern modern with succulents, air plants and geodes, like this gorgeous table from a bohemian desert wedding at Green Wedding Shoes:

HappyWed’s white wedding cake features geometric lines and a big ole’ serving of cacti:

 

Whatever botanical style you go for, you can’t go wrong with the abundant beauty of nature!

BrushStroke Wedding Cakes, An Artistic & Beautiful Trend

We are love, love, loving the amazing trend of baked masterpieces known as BrushStroke Cakes. Popularized and invented by Kalabasa bakery in Russia, these unique creations are cakes daringly decorated with colorful painted chocolate brush strokes. And boy, oh boy, are they gorgeous! Just take a peak at Kalabasa’s inspirational Instagram feed to see what we mean.

The whole process seems relatively simple (although we are PRETTY sure it requires some very serious confectionary skills)….the cake artists just melt chocolate until it’s spreadable, then use a pastry brush to swipe it onto parchment paper. After the swaths of chocolate harden up, they are delicately added to cake tiers. The beautiful brush strokes can be painted any color, and additions such as fruit, berries, paint splatters, succulents and/or flowers can be included too, which makes these confections fully customizable. One of these cakes would be the perfect centerpiece at your wedding reception, especially if you are looking for something modern, edgy and super cool!

We are obsessed with this opulent, peachy cake by the talents at Kalabasa. We get lost in the soft color scheme and the abundance of brush stokes…so lovely and decadent! We imagine it tastes of buttercream, vanilla and melon.

The moody shades of purple on this wedding cake, contrasted with mint green and ivory strokes, provides a dramatic look. Imagine this beauty at a wedding held in an urban loft surrounded by lots of greenery and geometric copper accents:

These pastel brushstrokes combined with a pop of blue makes a jaunty, three tiered cake which would be right at home at a tropical, beach side, or pool side wedding:

Like all the best trends, BrushStroke cakes are showing up everywhere, and we have to say, we absolutely adore this sweet, palest of pink version by Amy Cakes (photo by Sarah Libby Photography):

Weddingbells.ca produced this stunning, fashion-forward masterpiece which kinda looks like a purple cake took a trip through a wind tunnel:

The Food Network’s vibrant version has us dreaming of summer with their delicious looking and exuberantly citrus brushstroke cake (Recipe by Heather Baird):

This beautiful brushstroke cake is embellished with lots of floral prettiness, AND, it has its own little precious brushstroke cake babies! Awwww!

Brush strokes gone glam! This show-stopping, jaw-dropping cake by crustncakes.com features large metallic brush strokes and cascading figs. This one delivers some major style!

How charming is this playful pink flamingo cake by Cayla of pankobunny? She is the queen of edible cuteness! This would be so adorable for a wedding shower or a Florida themed wedding! Or for anyone in need of a dose of cheerfulness! Now that we’re thinking about this, wouldn’t a white swan brush stroke cake be PERFECT, too, for a wedding?

Want to try your hand at making a beautiful brush stroke cake for yourself? Check out this great tutorial by self-taught pastry chef Erin Gardner on TheCakeBlog.com.

Whatever style you are seeking for your wedding cake, a brush stroke cake can fulfill all your sugary, frosted dreams. After all, all you need is LOVE and CAKE, and you’ll have both at your wedding xoxoxox

 

TREND ALERT: Light up Your Wedding with Neon #GetLit #NeonWeddingDetails

Everybody is talking about the latest wedding trend: NEON, which can energize your wedding with an array of high-voltage shades! Getting Your Wedding LIT 🔥 is easy with vibrant, fun neon details, which you can use with carefree abandon on anything and everything from you, your decor, to your invites and even your food & drinks. Neon doesn’t have to be brash, either, kids. Utilizing the bright boldness of neon can actually bring a light & playful feel to your wedding day. Let your guests know you heart beats for color by sending out some neon-inspired invites. Take for instance these handmade invites from the talented artistry of Ro from Pigment & Parchment, who says, “color is my love language!” Ours too Ro!

One of the best ways to make a MAJOR neon style statement is to actually put your wedding up in lights with a custom sign! Like one of these ah-mazing designs by Sammy & Lola, a husband and wife team who provides serious wow factor for weddings with their super hip marquee lights. We are #crazyinlove

Christina Anton, the creative genius behind Boo and Boo Factory, specializes in brightly colored statement necklaces, bold neon earrings and such.  Just a quick glance at her worktable sends us into serious neon cravings.

 

Add any of these Boo and Boo Factory pieces to your wedding day look to express your love of bold hues.

Sprinkle yourself, your ceremony and your reception with lots of brilliant details:

Treat your family and friends to a happy ending with a gorgeous, neon-inspired wedding cake, like these options from Los Angeles cake designer extraordinaire Colin O’Dea from Cakes by Colin. His cakes are all custom designed, one-of-a-kind pieces of art that are full of heart. As Colin says , “the greatest gift anyone can give is a gift made with your own two hands, which is why I pour my heart and soul into every cake.” With a philosophy like that you know these cakes taste as delicious as they look!

And, we love how Colin uses neon with such a delicate hand. His cakes are soooo soft and romantic while still delivering a punch of fun color.

 

These bright and fun neon cupcakes are from Eat Cake Be Merry:

 

Neon Lights
Baby when they look up at the sky
We’ll be shooting stars just passing by
You’ll be coming home with me tonight
We’ll be burning up like neon lights
Be still my heart ’cause it’s freaking out, it’s freaking out, right now
Shining like stars ’cause we’re beautiful, we’re beautiful, right now
You’re all I see in all these places
You’re all I see in all these faces
So let’s pretend we’re running out of time, of time
Baby when they look up at the sky
We’ll be shooting stars just passing by
You’ll be coming home with me tonight
And we’ll be burning up like neon lights
Baby when they look up at the sky
We’ll be shooting stars just passing by
You’ll be coming home with me tonight
And we’ll be burning up like neon lights
Neon lights
Neon lights
Neon lights
Like neon

Vintage Inspired Wedding Dresses, A Stunning Styled Shoot with Taylor Martin Photography

At The Gilded Gown we have a love for the beautiful style of bygone eras. Scroll through the decades, and no matter what period you land on we will immediately imagine styles we adore associated with that time. (And, we also think of what dresses we have in stock that can evoke that style.) For instance, bring up the 1920s and we immediately picture elaborately beaded gowns. The era also brings to mind opulent, Great Gatsby-esque, Art Deco fashion: shimmery skirts to dance the night away in, cloche hats, long strands of pearls and adorably bobbed hair. The Seventies? The rock-n-roll/hippie aesthetic of those years appeals to our sensibilities: long flowing clothing, wildflowers, elements of embroidery, lace details and a bohemian look. Looking to styles of the past is a splendid way to theme your wedding. You can embrace the details that you love about an era and blend it seamlessly with modern touches to make it your own.

Local photographer Taylor Martin recently felt inspired to put together a vintage inspired wedding dress photo shoot. So when he approached us at The Gilded Gown about possibly providing the dresses and accessories to help him fulfill his vision, we jumped at the opportunity to participate. #YES

Taylor pulled together a team of talented wedding pros to collaborate with and beautifully captured the timeless essence of so many eras. And our dresses never looked so lovely:

We love this peek behind-the-scenes from the shoot, where the beautiful models from Gage Talent had their gorgeous hair and on-point makeup perfectly done by the artists from Honey and Co.

We are absolutely captivated by the stunning images Taylor created against the backdrop of The Kincaid House in Clinton, TN. The Kincaid House, neatly nestled on a picturesque 4-acre property, is perfect for a period specific wedding. The property includes an immaculate dutch colonial home set in harmony with an enchanting, English garden, plus large, fragrant and neatly clipped boxwoods. Perched in front of the garden is a stunning stone tower gazebo, an ideal focal point for your magical “I do” moment and endless photo possibilities.

The timeless elegance of a sweetheart ballgown makes us swoon. This is a style that has been in fashion for more than sixty years, and will be for years into the future. Brides if you are looking for a classic silhouette that oozes romance we suggest this style. Taylor, you knocked it out of the park with these images of our Justin Alexander lace wedding dress with appliques:

Bridal Design House Justin Alexander is also responsible for this Lillian West bridal gown. We totally get a 1970s vibe from this unique V-neck allover lace gown with eyelash lace details at the neckline, bell sleeves, illusion back, and chapel length train.

An earlier time and place comes to mind with this beaded, cap sleeved gown also by Justin Alexander. This lovely trumpet gown, paired with a simple crown and long veil, could have easily been from the 1920s.

If you are searching for the perfect vintage-inspired wedding dress, please come see us at The Gilded Gown. If you need a venue, check out The Kincaid House. Want to look as beautiful as these models? Simply schedule your appointment with the lovely ladies of Honey and Co. And, if you are in need of an AMAZING wedding photographer, contact Taylor Martin Photography! We will leave you with more of Taylor’s breath-taking artistry:

We are so grateful to be associated with so many talented wedding professionals in our area. Thank you, thank you to all those involved:

Photographer: Taylor Martin Photography

Models: Gage Talent

Hair & Makeup: Honey and Co

Venue: The Kincaid House

Dresses & Accessories: The Gilded Gown

 

 

A stunning styled shoot with Roxy & Jon Photography at Crescent Bend #HistoricHomeWedding

The creatives at Jessica Lee Photographic Art & Cassandra O’ Donnell Photography organized this breathtaking styled shoot which was staged amidst the historic beauty of Crescent Bend in Knoxville, TN. Their vision came to life with the help of lots of other talented wedding professionals and was beautifully photographed by Roxy and Jon Photography.

The venue, Crescent Bend, was once the heart of a large working farm back in the 1800s. This remarkable home served as a family residence for decades but through the years also housed a civil war command center, operated as a hospital and even provided safe haven for runaway slaves on the Underground Railway. The home is filled with amazing antique furniture and decor, but the grounds which features fabulous fountains, beautiful terraces and formal Italian gardens are absolutely MAJESTIC. After all, the property was named for its’ commanding views of the magnificent crescent bend it overlooks on the Tennessee River. These days Crescent Bend is available for indoor and outdoor events which can be customized for any style. Plan your wedding here and you will be helping to preserve this precious historic site. With the daffodils in full bloom the venue provided the perfect pop of spring for a romance-filled, styled wedding.

 

Beautiful model (and makeup artist) Porsha Kimble Adams wore an appropriately sweet and southern strapless gown by Justin Alexander from The Gilded Gown. We think the cascading skirt and beaded drop waist bodice fit perfectly with the romantic event.

The fresh and vibrant flowers are courtesy of LB Floral who delivered major style impact with her greenery and lush florals in muted neutrals with hints of bright pink and pops of purple.

The “groom” looks dashing in his elegant suit from Prestige Tuxedo, doesn’t he?

Blush and Honey Paper Co. produced all the printed items, from the lovely invites and reception cards to the delightful dinner menus.

The cake by Maggie Cakes is a study in the beauty of simplicity. Two tiers of naked white cake adorned with a swag of greenery and embellished with a few florals.

All Occasions Party Rentals provided the timeless furnishings while the glorious mismatched dinnerware is from the collection of Unique Settings Rentals.

More of the beautiful flowers, including a fabulous bridal crown, from LB Floral:

The combined efforts of some of Knoxville’s finest wedding professionals culminated in an absolutely glorious styled shoot. The history of the surroundings complimented all the details and the modern day touches in a beautiful way.

In honor of the by-gone era the venue brings to mind, a love poem from the 1800s by Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise,
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old , and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints -I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! -and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

THE TOTALLY AWESOME VENDORS:
The styled shoot was put together by Jessica Lee Photographic Art & Cassandra O’ Donnell Photography
Flowers: LB Floral
Model & make up artist: Porsha Kimble Adams
Invitations, save the date card and dinner menus: Blush and Honey Paper Co.

TREND ALERT: Laser Cut Wedding Details #LaserCutLace

Laser-Cut Wedding Details

Laser cutting is a futuristic and precise method of creating designs using a laser beam to achieve high quality, dimensionally accurate cuts. A laser cuts the design by melting, burning or vaporizing the material. Kinda like magic. The results of this high tech process are astonishingly beautiful, and so, of course, have found their way into wedding items. We think Laser Cut details are a stunning trend for 2018 weddings. And since many diverse designs can be transformed into laser cut products, the trend lends itself to any style wedding, from rustic to sophisticated. Incorporating this trend will put a modern, edgy spin on any style nuptials. This crisp and clean look works especially well in white for warm weather wedding celebrations.

Laser Cut details can be found in wedding invitations, cakes, dresses, shoes, accessories, favors, shoes, bags and more. We love these gorgeous floral laser cut invites from Amazon, which would work well for any romantic ceremony. Sending these beauties out will let your guests know you mean to put on a fashion-forward event.

Brides inspired by country-girl style will love this down-home take on laser cut fabulousness. These invites comes with adorable jute ties and a kraft paper interior and would set the stage for rustic occasions:
Laser-cut wedding gowns add a twist on the romantic lace ensemble – perfect for those who love intricate designs, but want a modern take. Bridal designer Lillian West (available exclusively at The Gilded Gown in Knoxville, TN) offers up a beautiful interpretation of the trend with this V-neck fit and flare gown with tons of lace details. Sequined lace appliques over Chantilly lace, plus laser cut top stitched lace, and finished hem lace add up to one insanely gorgeous gown:

Did we mention the deep illusion lace back? Prepare to fall in love with laser cut lace. Boom:

You’ll be needing shoes, too. Iconic shoe designer Manolo Blahnik created the “Carolyne,” a Laser-Cut Low-Heel sling back Halter Pump, currently available from Neiman Marcus just for you:

For your guy, Sperry makes these perfect leather Top-Siders, which would be a fab twist on his wedding footwear (especially for spring and summer!):

You can carry your laser-cut love around waaay past your wedding day with this spectacular bag by Alaia. You will, however, have to carry it for the rest of your life because the price tag exceeds $4K! WOOOH!

How amazing would a laser cut outfit will look for your rehearsal dinner? Answer: VERY AMAZING.

 

You can customize your wedding with laser cut details with a cake topper like this adorable bicycle-themed one in birch:

 

Or cake stands like these:

Or evan a laser cut cake, like this one by Pixy Cakes:


Treat your guests to delicious treats fashionably presented in these White Laser Cut Favor Candy Boxes:

Whichever romantic laser-cut designs you select, you will exude contemporary style on your special day and you’ll be wearing the cutting-edge (literally) of fashion.

To learn more about how this interesting, intricate and futuristic process works check out this You Tube video!

 

Wedding Inspo: Outlander Inspired Highland Wedding #TeamJamie #GingersRule

We happen to be huge fans of Diana Gabaldon’s mesmerizing book series Outlander (which is also currently a hit series on Starz). The story enjoys a cult following due to the amazing love story between characters Jamie and Claire. Time travel, love, magic, nature, relationships, family, friends, politics, science, girl power, alchemy, an insanely hot ginger, history, botany and everything in between are all rolled into an incredible romance set in Scotland. Swe were thrilled to be invited to provide the perfect Justin Alexander wedding dress and accessories for a fabulous Outlander inspired shoot led by talented photographer Chastidyi Parrott of Star Noir Studio.

After stumbling onto the TV series in September (and binge-watching as anyone must) Chastidyi was completely captivated. Then her artistic inclinations kicked in and she decided to translate her passion for the story into a styled shoot. She says, “As a photographer, I was inspired by the love story, the clothing, and, of course, this almost perfect man that Diana Gabaldon has created. Slightly obsessed, I spoke with some of the local vendors, and they jumped on board–excited to create something inspired by the magic of the story with the feel of the highlands. To collaborate on a setting that would bring pieces of the novel to life. We love how this editorial stays true to Outlander, yet also offers couples tons of beautiful wedding ideas, no matter what the theme of their day might be.”

One of the first vendors on board was Jennifer from Knox Occasions. The pair collaborated on the color scheme. To capture the feel of the Scottish highlands for the shoot, the pair decided on soft, neutral tones and a hit of vibrant red. We think Jennifer captured a Scottish look with a decidedly upscale flair for the tablescape, with pieces from Pottery Barn and Unique Settings Rentals.

Melissa Timm Designs created the stunning florals for the shoot. Check out this crazy cool, extra large bouquet:

 

Amanda from Southern Sirens styled the model with a gorgeous updo and beautiful makeup:

The menus and invitations, plus the whisky themed favors were all designed and produced by Millstone Crafted, and they were all embellished with a specially designed crest:

Chapel in the Hollow was the perfect setting for the Highland inspired styled shoot. The property is loaded with lovely trees and lots of mossy stones. The addition of some man-made fog really captured an 18th century Scottish feel.

 

Such perfect inspiration for couples wanting to honor their Scottish heritage, or for fans of the Outlander novels + series, to incorporate into their day! The florals, tablescape, dress and setting and all the other dreamy details are sure to completely win you over. We are grateful to the following creatives for sharing their talents on this amazing styled shoot:

Photographer: Star Noir Studio

Event Planner: Knox Occasions

Wedding Dress & Bridal Accessories: The Gilded Gown

Favors, Gifts & Invitations: Millstone Crafted

Equipment Rentals: Unique Settings Rentals

Hair & Makeup: Southern Sirens

Floral Designer: Melissa Timm Designs

Event Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

Read more about this inspired shoot here.

Top Ten Spring Wedding Flowers #SpringBridalBouquetInspo #PickYourWeddingFlowers

Ahh, springtime, you are so close! We’ve all been experiencing a long, wet & cold winter this year, but spring is just around the corner. In honor of your approaching beauty, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten picks for our very favorite wedding flowers for the season.

Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves;

now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire.

-Virgil

Anemones

These graceful and graphic flowers, either white or brightly colored, belong to the buttercup family.

If you are searching for a modern, eclectic bloom for your wedding day florals, try the bright colors and delicate petals of anemones.

Azaleas

Azaleas are a flowering shrub of the heath family with clusters of brightly colored, sometimes fragrant flowers.

Image result for azaleaAzaleas add a softly romantic, southern feel to bridal bouquets, and they look fantastic paired with greenery and roses.

Camellias

Camellias are evergreen eastern Asian shrubs related to the tea plant, grown for their shiny green leaves and lush, showy flowers.

Nothing says “Spring” quite like Camellias in bloom, and these luscious flowers make a stunning bouquet.

Dianthus

A flowering plant of delicate frilled blossoms.

We love the relaxed and carefree feel of a simple bridal arrangement that includes Dianthus and is tied with lace ribbon. Barn wedding anyone?

Garden Rose

Romantic Garden Roses smell delightful and feature soft and fluffy whorls of ruffled petals.

Wildly romantic, Garden Roses are sought after by brides for their ruffled lushness AND because they are similar to peonies but way more affordable. We love!

Hyacinth

An intoxicatingly scented member the lily family, hyacinths feature beautiful compact bell-shaped flowers.

These darling buds are the quintessential symbol of springtime. Paired with tulips, these make a gorgeously ethereal bridal bouquet.

Hydrangea

These fabulous flower clusters feature varied and extravagant blooms.

The lacy, cloud-like quality of hydrangea blooms add a delicate sweetness to any bouquet, and they look especially wonderful paired with seeded eucalyptus.

Iceland Poppy

Iceland Poppies are delicate and bright and come in a dazzling array of colors.

The ultimate ode to spring, Iceland Poppies bring an irresistibly bright and dreamy element to bridal arrangements.

Lilac

Lovely lilacs are members of the olive family, with wonderfully scented violet, pink, or white blossoms.

Pretty and lush, lilacs make the most beautiful bridal bouquets, perfect for springtime weddings.

Mimosa

Ok, we know you went there, right? You immediately thought of that delicious brunch beverage with champagne and citrus, didn’t you? We did!

Yummy, bright and citrusy, mimosa flowers are delicate and sweet.

Mimosa flowers add just the right touch of sunshine-y brightness to any bridal bouquet.

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”

-Robin Williams